Craig Bucy joined our firm after being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2014. Craig grew up in central Illinois and attended undergraduate college at Augustana College. He graduated in 2009 and received an undergraduate degree in History while playing soccer and taking an active role in Greek life all four years. After working in the Maryland state park system and construction industry in Illinois, Craig graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2014. While at Loyola, he achieved a CALI Excellence for the Future award in International Art Law and served as the Vice-Justice of Phi Alpha Delta.
Craig has focused his legal practice solely towards assisting injured workers in all aspects of their claims before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He enjoys fighting for worker’s rights in front of the Commission and pursuing claims to their conclusion throughout Illinois. In 2017, Craig was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. This honor is earned by fewer than 2% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois and is awarded to lawyers who have proven themselves professionally and ethically.
Craig has successfully argued claims before the IWCC and the Circuit Court.
Craig lives in Chicago where he stays active by playing soccer, softball and beach volleyball. He also participates in various obstacle course runs like Tough Mudder around the Midwest.
Contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312)726-5567
Some of Craig’s Significant Awards and Settlements (since 2015 only):
14 WC 22908 – City of Chicago claim – Permanent total disability award for a 51 year old Traffic Signal Repairman for the City of Chicago. Petitioner was a member of IBEW Local 9. Petitioner was struck by a motor vehicle while repairing a signal box. He suffered catastrophic injuries to both legs requiring over 24 different surgical procedures. Petitioner was awarded benefits of $1,119.41 per week for the remainder of his life. Based on his life expectancy, the total expected payout is over $1,550,000.00.
10 WC 45915 – Chicago Transit Authority claim – Wage differential award for a 44 year old Bus Servicer for the Chicago Transit Authority. She hurt her right elbow while cleaning the bus. Petitioner underwent surgery but continued to have post-operative complaints. After a second surgery failed to cure her complaints, Petitioner was given permanent work restrictions which prevented her from returning to work for the CTA. She found alternative employment at a lower rate of pay and the Arbitrator found she was entitled to a wage differential benefit of $463.47 per week, payable for the rest of her life. Based on her life expectancy, the total expected payout of Petitioner’s award is over $800,000.00.
13 WC 28903 (16 IWCC0705) – State of Illinois claim – Wage differential award for a 45 year old mental health technician. Petitioner was assaulted by a client and had her left wrist slammed into a door. She suffered a crush injury and a tear in the scapholunate ligament of the left wrist. The injury resulted in permanent restrictions which prevented her return to work in a full duty capacity. Petitioner was able to find alternative employment at a lower rate of pay but the State argued that she was underemployed and refused to pay owed benefits. After taking the deposition of the State’s vocational counselor and proceeding to trial, the Arbitrator found Petitioner was not underemployed and was entitled to a wage differential award. The Arbitrator awarded Petitioner the underpayment in benefits and wage differential benefits of $361.75 per week through the age of 67. This case was appealed to the IWCC and affirmed. The total expected payout is $333,650.00
09 WC 34106, 2017 MR 000226/629 – This case was resolved via settlement contract in December of 2014. The Respondent did not adhere to the terms of the settlement contract and refused to pay medical bills specifically listed in the settlement contract. The case was appealed to the Commission and the Circuit Court. The Circuit Court ordered Respondent to pay the medical bills listed in the contract and awarded penalties, attorney’s fees, and the costs associated with bringing the action.
15 WC 14905 – $210,000.00 plus MSA – UPS claim – At the time of his accident, Petitioner was a 66 year old truck driver for UPS. He injured his lower back while pulling the 5th wheel pin release. Petitioner was diagnosed with a herniated disc and Respondent denied further treatment. The case went to hearing as a 19(b)/8(a). The Arbitrator found Petitioner’s condition was related to the work accident and awarded further medical treatment. He underwent a lumbar fusion and was given permanent work restrictions that prevented his return to work for UPS. Petitioner was able to resolve this case via settlement for a lump sum payment of $210,000.00 plus the funding of a Medicare Set Aside for future medical treatment.
14 WC 23502 – $98,982.50 plus MSA – At the time of his accident, Petitioner was a 59 year old installer tech for a heating and air company who had undergone an L5-S1 laminectomy in 1992 with a full duty return to work. He suffered an injury to his lower back while unloading a trailer furnace. He was initially diagnosed with a herniated disc at the L1-L2 level for which he underwent surgery. Unfortunately, Petitioner’s condition did not improve and he was diagnosed with an L5 and S1 radiculopathy. Petitioner was prescribed a 2 level lumbar fusion to address his complaints, which was not approved. The case was tried in Urbana as a 19(b)/8(a) for further medical treatment. The Arbitrator found Petitioner’s L5 and S1 complaints to be related to the work accident and awarded the 2 level fusion. After Petitioner underwent the surgery, he was given permanent work restrictions that prevented his return to work for the heating and air company. Petitioner was able to resolve this case via settlement for 50% MAW plus the funding of a Medicare Set Aside. The total payout of the settlement was $98,982.50 plus the Medicare Set Aside.
16 WC 05754 – $38,711.00 – At the time of his accident, Petitioner was a 28 year old picker employed by DOT Foods. He injured his left shoulder while moving boxes at work. Petitioner was diagnosed with left shoulder biceps tendinitis, impingement and a labral tear. He underwent 2 surgeries to address his complaints and was given a full duty release. The employer denied notice was provided and denied the claim. Before hiring our firm, Petitioner received no benefits and was paying out of pocket for his medical care. Once we were hired, we were able to obtain all owed benefits and payment of all medical bills, including obtaining a refund for Petitioner’s group insurance carrier. Petitioner was able to resolve the case via settlement for 21.68% MAW and his employer agreed to pay all related medical expenses. The total payout was $38,711.00.
Craig E. Bucy
Phone : (312) 726-5567
Email : email@example.com